Date(s) - Oct 29
Evening with Philippe de Montebello and Guy Cogeval
Wednesday, October 29, 7:00 PM
An exclusive evening of freewheeling, no-holds-barred discussion between two influential museum directors Philippe de Montebello, Director Emeritus of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Mona Bismarck American Center Board member, and Guy Cogeval, President of the Musée d’Orsay and the Musée de l’Orangerie. What is a museum today? What are the difficulties of museum acquisitions and what are the challenges of curating an exhibition in France and in the Unites States were questions asked by Guy Boyer, editor-in-chief of Connaissance des Arts who moderated this unpredictable discussion.
An intimate reception with the conversation participants followed.
Philippe de Montebello
Paris born and Harvard educated, Philippe de Montebello began his career in 1963 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Except for a brief period as Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (1969-1974), he spent his entire career at the Met, returning in 1974 to assume the post of Vice Director for Curatorial and Educational Affairs, and then becoming the Museum’s Director in 1977 until 2008. He is known as the longest-serving art museum director of any major art museum in the world. During his tenure, he doubled the size of the physical institution, renovated and remodeled countless galleries, opened a 2,300 m² education center, acquired significant archives and key private collections, digitized the museum’s holdings, while mounting 30 temporary exhibitions per year and as many publications. Upon his retirement, The New York Times proclaimed, “No museum director anywhere has done more to expand and enrich the appreciation of art for more generations and with greater taste, erudition, diplomacy, and vision.”
Mr. de Montebello is currently the Fiske Kimball Professor in the History and Culture of Museums at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.
PParis born and educated, Guy Cogeval began his career as a curatorial intern at the Musée d’Orsay. From 1985 to 1988, he was assistant curator at the Musee des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, then joined the Louvre as deputy director of cultural services until 1992. He took over the Musée des Monuments Français until 1998 when he was called to Canada to direct the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montreal. In Montreal, he implemented an active acquisition policy and international exhibitions. He returned to France in late 2006, to the Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art, before being selected to lead the Musée d’Orsay and the Musée de l’Orangerie in 2008. He has organized countless exhibitions at the Musée d’Orsay, as well as significant renovations of the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist galleries beginning in 2009.